Don’t Worry, Be Happy

by Lance Ekum on · 73 comments

“Worry never robs tomor­row of its sor­row, it only saps today of its joy.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia

Don’t worry, be happy.

How’s that for a phi­los­o­phy on life.  Four sim­ple words, one pro­found statement.

This all started when we talked about fear a cou­ple of weeks ago.  One thing that was a re-occurring theme was the idea behind fear and that it is often­times rooted in worry.  Then, Jen­nifer reminded me of this song by Bobby McFer­rin.  And, lis­ten­ing to this song — and the sim­ple words and actions that go along with it — made me think about worry in our lives today.

Do you worry?  About your health?  About the safety of your chil­dren?  About your next pay­check?  About whether you should increase your w-4 with­hold­ings or decrease it and invest the money?  About your rela­tion­ships?  About your job?  I could go on and on.  Worry.  We, as a whole, can (and do) worry about pretty much every­thing.  The econ­omy is strug­gling.  There is much unrest in many parts of the world.  Our streets are rich with crime.  Despite mod­ern med­ical advances, sick­ness and dis­ease still per­me­ate our neigh­bor­hoods.  There’s enough out there to keep us wor­ry­ing con­stantly.  And that’s with­out all of our own very per­sonal and indi­vid­ual problems.

Some worry is hard to avoid.  Wor­ry­ing about a spouse, a child, another loved one — for instance.  These are wor­ries out of love.  These are dif­fi­cult wor­ries to over­come.  Because they are rooted in love.  Some wor­ries, though, are just idle worries.

What, exactly, does worry get us?  Think about it for a minute.  What good comes from worry?  Idle worry. Super­fi­cial worry.  Worry with­out any action.  Does this do any good?  Does sit­ting around, wor­ry­ing — will I have a job tomor­row — does that do you any good?  No.  Or how about wor­ry­ing about — did I pass that test? — does that do any good?  No.  It only “…saps today of its joy.”, as Leo Buscaglia says.

So, what do you choose today?  What do you choose the next time that “thing” arises that puts uncer­tainty into your life — and you are ready to retreat into your world of worry?  The choice is yours.  You can choose to worry.  Or.  Or you can choose to act.  To do something.

“We spend pre­cious hours fear­ing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time ador­ing our fam­i­lies, cher­ish­ing our friends, and liv­ing our lives.” ~ Maya Angelou

The inevitable.  Some things we just can’t con­trol.  So, aren’t we bet­ter off push­ing worry aside?  And liv­ing our lives.  There will be good in our lives.  And there will be some bad in our lives.  Wor­ry­ing about any of this is not going to change this fact.  What can change these facts are actions, by us.

Today.  You have a choice.  You can choose to worry when life con­fronts you with it’s chal­lenges.  Or you can choose to live your life.  Tak­ing care of what you do have con­trol over.  Your­self.  Your actions.

What do you choose?

Don’t worry, be happy…

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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